seb poked me about this, and now it is uploaded for xenial, thanks!

** Changed in: appstream-glib (Ubuntu Xenial)
       Status: New => In Progress

** Changed in: appstream-glib (Ubuntu Xenial)
     Assignee: (unassigned) => Marco Trevisan (Treviño) (3v1n0)

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  gnome-software crashes in as_app_parse_desktop_file

Status in appstream-glib package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in appstream-glib source package in Xenial:
  In Progress
Status in appstream-glib source package in Artful:
Status in appstream-glib source package in Bionic:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  [ Impact ]

  Malformed .desktop files might causes crashes because
  the returned list is NULL.

  [ Test case ]
   - Download and copy in one of your XDG_DATA_DIRS (i.e. 
     this .desktop file:
   - Run gnome-software it must not crash.

  [ Regression potential ]

  Missing metadata from .desktop files, but really this is just a null-
  checks fix, so not really anything might go worse.


  See more at upstream bug:

  This affects all the releases since xenial.

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